Royal Signals Host Army Cadets CyberFirst Defenders Course

CCF and ACF cadets from across the country attend CyberFirst Defenders Course in Blandford Forum. The course helps to raise awareness of cyber security, develops digital skills, promotes careers in STEM and tackles cyber stereotypes. The CyberFirst Courses written by the NCSC and delivered by Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteers on Blandford Camp.

Last week the Royal Signals hosted an exciting new Army Cadet course for cadets aged between 12-18 years. The CyberFirst Defenders Course has been written by the NCSC and provides an insight into the world of cyber and how common threats can be managed. The course has various elements including looking at first-line defences such as firewalls, anti-virus software and managing the personal digital footprint. The course is highly practical, and gives cadets the opportunity to construct, configure and run the security of a typical home network, putting the skills they learnt into practice.

Lt Robb Bloomfield, who is an adult volunteer and the CyberFirst Project Officer for the Cadet CIS Training Team said ‘This is a brilliant course - there is nothing else like it. It increases awareness of cyber security, and in developing practical skills it helps promote STEM careers for the next generation. It also allows us to tackle some of the old fashioned stereotypes surrounding a career in cyber, plus the cadets love it!’

Cadet CSM Joshua Gowland from Durham ACF said, ‘I had a fantastic week with the Cadet CIS Training Team, the support provided by the Royal Signals as hosts was great during my CyberFirst Defender and Cadet Signaller courses. I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing insight into the world of cyber defence and I’m really looking forward to putting my new-found signals knowledge into use during fieldcraft.’

Well done to all the cadets that took part in this trail blazing cyber course, we look forward to hosting it again very soon.